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BAC represents at WA State Single Racquetball Championships

The Washington Athletic Club in Seattle hosted 90 players April 8 – 10 to determine the state’s best. Those who took first place in their division receive a free entry to regionals in Oregon this spring from the Washington Racquetball Association.
Congratulations to all our players for representing BAC!
Boys 14/16/18
Nick Birnel captures 2nd in a tiebreaker match, and Tyler Burns takes 3rd place
Mens A
The Juniors show their strength in the adult divisions with Tyler Burns taking 2nd and Nick Birnel claiming 3rd place
Mens Elite
BAC’s best Women and Girls player, Hollie Scott, played through a draw of 23 to claim 1st place in this otherwise all men event. Nice job, Hollie!
Mens Open
Another BAC graduate of the junior program, Jake Birnel, took time out from his studies at the University of Washington to play through the draw of 16 to take first place in this event. Excellent playing, Jake!
Women’s 55 B/C , Women’s C , Women’s B
Rhonda McInturff entered two divisions: Womens 55 B/C and Women’s C and claimed first place in both divisions! Good Showing, Rhonda! Mary Lou Gremes claimed 2nd Place in Women’s C’s and also challenged herself to enter Women’s B’s, where she took 4th place.
Women’s A
Jessie Scott took 3rd place.
Women’s Open
This division was dominated by Hollie Scott, who claimed her second first place award of the weekend. Wanda Collins placed 3rd.

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2013 40TH Wilson Junior Olympics


Jake Birnel, Hollie Scott and Nick Birnel represented Bellingham Athletic Club and Washington Racquetball Association this past week at the 2013 40TH Wilson Junior Olympics. Junior players from all across the U.S. competed for coveted Gold medals in over 30 divisions for boy’s and girl’s in singles and doubles at the Oakmoor Racquet and Fitness Club, in Des Moines, IA.

Jake Birnel and Hollie Scott took home a first place medal in Mixed Doubles (16 and under)! Jake also took first in 16 and under singles! Hollie took 2nd in 16 and under singles and 3rd in 14 and under singles! While Nick Birnel took 2nd in Boys Doubles (12 and under), 4th in 12 and under single and took 1st in Mixed Doubles (12 and under)! For more results, press here.

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Congratulations to BAC Players at the WA State Doubles Tournament

Seventeen BAC members traveled south to Seattle to participate in the 2013 Washington State Doubles Tournament. The tournament was located at the Washington Athletic Club. We are proud of our members not only for their efforts but also for their sportsmanship displayed, making it known State wide that BAC not only can win but also have fun while doing it!

Participants: Rowena Birnel, Jake Birnel, Don Birnel, Nick Birnel, Keith Turley, Lori Turley, Wanda Collins, Jessie Scott, Carlos Scott, Ryan Lawson, Gary Olson, Olivia Nicholes, Bob Alejandre, Victor Guthrie, Triston Guthrie, Jett Guthrie, Brian Dunbar

Top Finishers:
Don and Jake Birnel: Third Place Men’s Elite
Ryan Lawson & Olivia Nicholes: First Place Mixed A
Ryan Lawson & Gary Olson: Consolation Finals Men’s Elite
Victor & Triston Guthrie: Second Place Men’s A
Bob Alejandre & Jessie Scott: Consolation Finals Mixed A
James Kimball & Lori Turley: Consolation Finals Mixed Open
Lori Turley & Rowena Birnel: First Place Women’s Elite
Brian Dunbar & Billy Johnson: Consolation Finals Men’s Open

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BAC Juniors Shine at 2012 Junior Nationals

Bellingham Athletic Club

Five junior players made the trip to Fullerton, California for Junior Nationals at the Meridian Club, also the site of Adult Nationals last month.  These five were stellar in their performances and we are proud of them!

From Bellingham, the Birnel family represented well as three brothers took to the courts.

Jake Birnel played in Boys 14 Singles and Doubles, making his way to the semi finals of singles, where he lost in a tiebreaker to his doubles partner, Mauro Rojas. He went on to defeat Wayne Anton Ive to claim 3rd place in the Gold Division. In Doubles play, Birnel and Rojas took 2nd place in the Gold Division, losing in a tiebreaker to Barth and Benson. Jordan Barth was the first place winner in both singles and doubles.

Jordan Birnel entered Boys 12 singles, and found tough competition in his age group, losing in the gold round, but coming back to take 1st Place in the White Round of the Olympic Flight format.

Nick Birnel stormed Nationals, playing in three events: Boys 10-, Boys 10 Doubles, and Mixed 10 Doubles.  He fought his way to claim 4th Place in the Gold round of 19 competitors. Nick then went on to win 1st place in both Boy’s and Mixed Gold Doubles. Way to go Nick!

From Lynden, WA Ryan Holz and brother Jeremy Holz made their presence felt!

Ryan Holz played in Boys 12 singles and doubles. In Singles, after losing his first match, Ryan came back with some great play and took first place in the Red Division.  In Doubles, he and partner Sean Henry from Indiana teamed up to play great doubles and took second place in the Gold Division, playing five matches.

Jeremy played in the 10- Boys division lost in the quarters after a great tiebreaker win against Julius Ellis of Stockton, CA.

View complete results on the R2Sports website.

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